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REPORT OF THE FIRST MEETING OF THE MOBILE PHONE WORKING GROUP



RECOMMENDATION

The Mobile Phone Working Group (MPWG) recommends the First Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group consider and adopt the Mobile Phone Partnership Initiative (MPPI) draft work programme 2003-2004. The draft work programme includes as attachments the:




  • Full text of Decision VI/31;

  • Draft terms of reference for the MPWG;

  • Project profiles for initial projects under the MPPI.



BACKGROUND
The first meeting of the Mobile Phone Working Group (MPWG) was held 7-8 April 2003 in Geneva. The MPWG was established by Decision VI/31 of the 6th Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, from “experts from Parties and/or Signatories interested in the initiative on a sustainable partnership on the environmentally sound management of end-of-life mobile telephones plus representatives of the mobile telephone manufacturers and a representative of the secretariat.” Members of the MPWG are:


  • Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland (Chair), USA;

  • Basel Convention Regional Centre (Pretoria), Basel Convention Regional Centre (Beijing), Secretariat of the Basel Convention;

  • LG, Matsushita Panasonic, Mitsubishi, Motorola, NEC Europe, Nokia, Philips, Samsung, Siemens, Sony Ericsson

The GSM Association (representing network operators1) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI2) were invited as observers.


A full list of participants at the 7-8 April 2003 meeting is attached.
Following an introductory morning session designed to bring new participants up to speed, the MPWG considered the following substantive matters:


  1. Election of Chair

  2. Draft terms of reference

  3. Membership of the MPWG

  4. Draft work programme of the Mobile Phone Partnership Initiative (MPPI)

  5. Funding of the MPPI



1. Election of Chair

Mr Marco Buletti (Switzerland) was elected Chair of the MPWG. Mr Milton Catelin (SBC) will be the contact person.



2. Draft terms of reference

The Working Group took the mandate provided by Decision VI/31 and used this as the basis for the draft terms of reference attached to the draft work programme. The draft terms of reference make it clear that the MPWG will:



  • have responsibility for initiating and overseeing the work programme of the MPPI, on behalf of the Open-ended Working Group;

  • work in a transparent manner; and

  • report regularly to the Open-ended Working Group.


3. Membership of the MPWG


Decision VI/31 explicitly anticipated that other stakeholders would be invited by the MPWG to participate actively in its work.
The Working Group reconfirmed the need to involve a wider stakeholder group (including adequate regional representation, network providers/operators, recyclers, refurbishers, non-government organisations and others with expertise). This was evidenced by the invitation to observers from both the GSMA and the GeSI to the meeting. The Working Group felt that it would be useful to build momentum at a manageable pace and focus input from sectors outside the initial membership on specific projects and/or within subgroups. Discussion centred on the:


  • timing and nature of such involvement and the balance to be struck between ensuring the MPWG is ‘comprehensive’ in membership without being so large as to be unwieldy;




  • need for the public commitment made by manufacturers at COP 6 to be replicated by others stakeholders;




  • challenges of involving all relevant companies. It was felt that while Manufacturers were a small definable group, network operators, recycling companies and others were groups that were very large in size;




  • importance of written information being made available to all MPWG members and to the Parties/Signatories in a timely manner;




  • possibility of developing a set of criteria to determine who to involve, when and where;




  • recognition of the need to refer policy matters to the Parties through the Open-ended Working Group.

Noting that Decision VI/31 established the MPWG as “a small group of experts from Parties and/or Signatories … plus … mobile telephone manufacturers and a representative of the secretariat” and further stated that “As appropriate, other stakeholders3 will be invited by the group to participate actively in its work, the MPWG recommends that it would operate most effectively on the basis of two levels of participation:




      • the first at the MPWG level itself which needed to be limited in order to facilitate productive debate, timely decisions on specific projects, and timely recommendations to the OEWG;




      • the second at the project level that needed to be open to maximise available expertise and hands-on experience.

While keeping itself small as required under Decision VI/31, the MPWG welcomes participation of further interested parties and/or signatories to join either the MPWG or its project groups4. Other interested stakeholders are invited to indicate their interest in joining particular project groups and advise the expertise they would bring to the project.


The MPWG also came to the conclusion that the Basel Convention Regional Training Centres BCRC could play an important role, mainly in the fields of awareness raising and information dissemination.

4. Draft work programme of the Mobile Phone Partnership Initiative

Most of the time at the meeting was spent on finalising the draft 2003-2004 work programme, for consideration by the Open-ended Working Group.


The draft work programme outlines the objectives of the MPPI, the set of stakeholders involved, the challenge confronting the Initiative, and a timetable with initial projects. Based on the six fields of interest identified in the Declaration signed by manufacturers at COP 6, it creates four categories under which these initial projects and potential projects may be considered. It is intended that the work programme be a living document that would need to respond as circumstances change and knowledge increases with practical experience.
Project groups involving members of the MPWG and other stakeholders will further develop the initial projects identified, according a particular priority to the identification of cost components and realistic assessments of actual costs involved.

5. Funding of the Mobile Phone Partnership Initiative

The Working Group noted with appreciation the substantial contribution of the Government of Switzerland to the MPPI to date and the personal involvement and leadership provided by the COP 5 President, State Secretary Philippe Roch.


The Working Group considered the commitment made by mobile phone manufacturers through the 12 December 2002 Declaration, and the ongoing intellectual and time commitments made by all participants in the Initiative. Manufacturers estimated that their involvement since June 2002 was equivalent to almost US$270,000.
The Working Group concluded the Parties, individually and/or separately, should consider funding of the MPPI, noting the contributions of participants to date.

ATTACHMENT:

PARTICIPANTS AT THE FIRST MEETING OF THE MOBILE PHONE WORKING GROUP 7-8 APRIL 2003, GENEVA


P A R T I E S
Brazil

Mr. Olyntho Vieira


First Secretary

Permanent Mission of Brazil to the UN

Av. Louis Casai 71

Case postale 165

1216 Cointrin

Geneva


Switzerland

Japan


Mr. Kazuhiro Okuma

First Secretary

Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN

3 ch. des Fins

1218 Grand-Saconnex

P.O. Box 337

1211 Geneva 19

Tel.: 41-22-717 3351

Fax : 41-22-788 3811

e-mail : okuma@genevalink.com


Mr. Satoshi Yamamoto

Deputy Director

Recycle Promotion Office

Waste Management and Recycling Department

Ministry of the Environment

Government of Japan

1-2-2-Kasumigaseki

Chiyoda-ku

Tokyo 100-8975

Japan


Tel.: 81-3-5501 3153

Fax : 81-3-3593 8162

e-mail: satoshi_yamamoto@env.go.jp
Ms. Keiko Yoshikawa

Assistant Director

Office of Waste Disposal Management

Waste Management and Recycling Department

Ministry of Environment

Government of Japan

1-2-2-Kasumigaseki

Chiyoda-ku

Tokyo 100-8975

Japan


Tel.: 81-3-5501 3157

Fax : 81-3-3593 8264

e-mail: keiko_yoshikawa@env.go.jp

Sweden

Ms. Margareta Appelberg


Environment Protection Authority

S-106 48 Stockholm

Sweden

Tel.: 46-8-698 1162



Fax : 46-8-698 1477

e-mail : margareta.appelberg@naturvardsverket.se



Switzerland

Mr. Marco Claudio Buletti


Waste Management Division

Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape SAEFL

CH-3003 Berne

Switzerland

Tel.: 41-31-322 9380

Fax : 41-31-323 0369

e-mail : marco.buletti@buwal.admin.ch
Ms. Françoise Salamé

Scientific Adviser

Industry, Environment and Energy Policy

(SECO)


Effingerstrasse 1

CH-3003 Bern

Switzerland

Tel.: 41-31-324 0848

Fax : 41.31.324 0959

e-mail : francoise.salame@seco.admin.ch


S I G N A T O R Y




United States of America

Mr. Frank McAlister


Chief, International and Special Projects Branch (5304W)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington D.C. 20460

United States of America

Tel.: 703-308 8196

Fax : 703-308 0514

e-mail: mcalister.frank@epa.gov

M A N U F A C T U R E R S

LG


Mr. Myeong-Cheol Kim

Deltaparc Paris Nord 2

7 rue du Canal

BP 60012 Billepinte

95970 Roissy

CDG-Cedex

France

Tel. : 33-1-4817 7144



Fax : 33-1-4817 7153

e-mail : cheolkim@lge.com



MATSUSHITA PANASONIC MOBILE PHONES


Dr. Gareth Rice

Environmental Affairs Manager

Panasonic Mobile Communications

European Liaison Office

2 Gables Way

Colthrop, Thatcham

Berkshire RG19 428

United Kingdom

Tel. : 44-1635-871 466

Fax : 44-1635-871 345

e-mail : gareth.rice@mci.co.uk
Mr. Peter Hine

Director, Quality Assurance / Environmental Affairs

Panasonic Mobile Communications

European Liaison Office

2 Gables Way

Thatcham


Berkshire RG19 4ZB

e-mail : peter.hine@panasonicmobile.co.uk

Tel.: 44-1635 871 466

Fax : 44-1635 865759

e-mail : peter.hine@panasonicmobile.co.uk

MITSUBISHI


Melco Mobile Communication Europe

Mr. Lionel Besnard


5 rue de la Chataigneraie

35515 Cesson Sevigne

France

Tel. : 33-2-9927 8103



Fax : 33-2-9927 4771

e-mail: lbs@mef-rd.com


MOTOROLA

Mr. Craig Liska


Director, International Environment, Health and Safety

Motorola Inc.

Corporate Headquarters

1303 East Algonquin Road

Schaumburg

Il. 60196

United States of America

Tel.: 847-576 0533

Fax : 847-538 2795

e-mail : craig.liska@motorola.com



Mr. Ian Park

Director of Environment Regulatory Affairs


Motorola U.K. Ltd.

The Pyramids Business Park

Bathgate

West Lothian

United Kingdom EH48 2EH

Tel.: 44-131-479 1073


Fax : 44-131-479 1191

e-mail : ian.park@motorola.com



NEC EUROPE LTD.


Mr. Lars Brückner

Brussels Office

Avenue Louise 149

1050 Brussels

Belgium

Tel. : 32-2-534 2142



Fax : 32-2-534 2296

e-mail : lars.bruckner@uk.neceur.com


NOKIA OYJ, NOKIA MOBILE PHONES

Ms. Helena Castrén

Environmental Manager


P.O. Box 100

FIN-00045

Finland

Tel.: 358-40-5795261



Fax : 358-7180-45862

e-mail : helena.castren@nokia.com



SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CORPORATION

Mr. Klaus Tillig


Samsung Electronics GmbH, STE

Samsung Haus


Am Kronberger Hang 6

D-65824 Schwalback/Ts.

Germany

Tel.: 49-6196-669014



Fax : 49-6196-669022

e-mail : tillig@samsung.de



Mr. Gregor Margetson

Environmental Officer


Samsung Euro QA Lab

Hampshire

United Kingdom GU46 6GG

Tel.: 44-1252-863 800

Fax : 44-1252-863 814

e-mail: gregorm@samsung.co.kr


Mr. Chi Young Oh


Assistant Manager, Environment & Safety Group

Samsung Electronics

No. 94-1, Imsoo-Dong, Kumi-City

Kyung-Buk

Korea 730-350

Tel.: 82 54 479 5081

Fax : 82-54-479 5086

e-mail : dustbomb@samsung.co.kr


SIEMENS

Mr. Peter Graessle


Vice-President

Siemens AG


Information and Communication Mobile

Mobile Networks

Werner-von-Siemens-Ring 15

D-85630 Grasbrunn

Germany

Tel.: 49-89-722 25143



Fax : 49-89-722 48876

Mobile : 49-172-861 5077

e-mail : hans-peter-graessle@icn.siemens.de

SONY ERICSSON MOBILE COMMUNICATION

Mr. Mats Pellbäck Scharp

Director, Environment, Health & Safety


Torshamnsgatan 27

Box 64


164 94 Kista

Sweden


Tel.: 46-708 500 350

Fax : 46-404 8570

e-mail : mats.pellback-scharp@sonyericsson.com

N E T W O R K


O P E R A T O R S

GSM ASSOCIATION

Dr. Jack Rowley


Director, Environmental Affairs

Block 2, Third Floor

Deansgrange Business Park

Deansgrange

Co. Dublin

Ireland


Tel.: 353-1-289 1823

+353-86-806 0849 (GSM)

Fax: 353-1-289 1556

e-mail: jrowley@gsm.org


Mr. Gordon S. Shields,

Chairman


Shields Environmental PLC

Kerry Avenue

Purfleet Industrial Park

South Ockendon

Essex RUM15 4 YE
United Kingdom

Tel.: 44-1708-684 001

Mobile : 44-7860 332 978

e-mail: gss@shield-e.com


BASEL CONVENTION REGIONAL CENTRE, PRETORIA

Dr. John Mbogoma

Executive Director

Vista University

Private Bag X634

Pretoria 0001

South Africa

Tel.: 27-12-320 5759

Fax : 27-12-352 4108

e-mail : john@acaleph.vista.ac.za




S E C R E T A R I A T


Ms. Sachiko Kuwabara-Yamamoto, Executive Secretary

Mr. Milton Catelin, Senior Programme Officer, Basel Convention Partnerships

Mr. Nelson Sabogal, Senior Programme Officer, Capacity Building / Training

Mr. Pierre Portas, Senior Programme Officer, Technical



APOLOGIES

Belarus


Canada

Czech Republic



Germany

Basel Convention Regional Centre, Beijing





1 The GSM Association (GSMA) consists of more than 680 second and third generation wireless network operators. The Association's members provide digital wireless services to more than 825 million customers in 193 countries of the world (end February 2003).

2 Formed in June 2001 by a number of telecommunication network operators and equipment providers, GeSI is supported by the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry & Economics.

3  Such as other United Nations bodies and agencies, network providers, operators and recyclers.

4 Each project group will reflect one of the four categories of projects included in the work programme



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